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Welcome to the Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide (2021) and The Times Good University Guide (2020). We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

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4th in The Complete University Guide 2022
3rd in The Times Good University Guide 2020
90% of students who graduated in 2018 are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation
2018 winner of the Athena Swan Bronze Award

Study with us

  • Undergraduate study

    Our Department offers modules that range from the local to the global. We teach everything from the history of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria through to the making of modern Africa.

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  • Postgraduate study

    The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education. We have a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students, who organise and contribute to academic activities.

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Undergraduate study

Our Department offers modules that range from the local to the global. We teach everything from the history of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria through to the making of modern Africa.

Students sitting round a table with laptops

Postgraduate study

The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education. We have a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students, who organise and contribute to academic activities.

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Look at some of our latest videos

Department News

Durham Historian Co-Hosts BBC Radio 3 Podcast on Climate Change

Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough co-hosted the episode, which investigated the role of arts and humanities subjects in contributing to efforts to prevent climate change
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Research Assistant - Recruiting

We are pleased to announce that we are current recruiting a PhD student to assist in a research project on petitions to the House of Commons (1829-31) being run by Prof Richard Huzzey and Dr Henry Miller
London and Houses of Parliament

Our location

The History Department at Durham has established itself firmly as one of the top three in the UK.

Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
Find out where we are
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Student blogs

Hear from our history students at Durham University.

Highlights

My Supported Progression journey

History student, Liv tells us about the Supported Progression Programme and the opportunities it has created for her at Durham.
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24 hours in the life of a 2nd year History student

Find out what it's like being a History student at Durham.
Students walking up a staircase inside the Department of History

Get in touch

Find out more about our department, courses and support. Contact us by phone or email below.

Department of History

Durham University
43 North Bailey
Durham
DH1 3EX

+44 (0) 191 334 1048

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